Tuesday, December 15, 2009

CAROL CHANNING, LIZA MINNELLI, and THE WIZARD OF OZ, OH MY!


Happy Holly Daze! Here's your Christmas "Carol"! I begin this blog with a wonderful recent interview where Carol talks about the importance of arts in education.
Enjoy! Here is the link http://growingbolder.com/media/entertainment/theater/carol-channing-524707.html#content_tabs

Liza Minnelli not over the rainbow for 'Oz'
By LAURI NEFF (AP)
NEW YORK — "The Wizard of Oz" is a family favorite, but the film — celebrating it's 70th anniversary this year — isn't on Liza Minnelli's must-watch list.


Minnelli says it's tough to watch because of the fictional horrors her mother, Judy Garland, endures.
She said: "I just loved her so and for some reason 'The Wizard of Oz' bothers me when I see it.

They do terrible things to her. ... That's 'cause it's my mom."
Minnelli reflected on "The Wizard of Oz" while reflecting on her special, "Liza's At The Palace."


It captures her 2008 Tony-winning play and airs on public television stations this month.

The show ran more than two hours. When asked how she managed such a pace, the 63-year-old said: "You leave your pain shoes at the side of the stage."


* http://www.officiallizaminnelli.com/

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


The Cabaret Chronicles: Michael Feinstein & David Hyde Pierce, Maxine Linehan, Gretchen Reinhagen and More!


Saturday, December 12, 2009; Posted: 11:12 AM - by Jenna Esposito

Well, here we are - the middle of December, can you believe it?! Now, first thing's first - before I delve into the past week's shows, I invite you to join me in wishing a very happy birthday to two of the most celebrated singers in the history of American popular music: the legendary Connie Francis, as well as Ol' Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra! Both were born on December 12th - boy, what a red-letter day for music, not to mention the Italian-American community!
While Mr. Sinatra is, sadly, no longer with us, we are fortunate that Ms. Francis still is, and rumor has it that she's got some great gigs coming up in 2010! I do hope you'll join me in wishing her the happiest of birthdays and a fantastic year to come!

Boy, is it a busy December - between holiday parties, attending shows, and putting on shows myself, I've had a ridiculously full schedule! Ah, well, 'tis the season, I suppose.
Luckily, the shows I've seen have been quite entertaining, so they've actually served as a brief respite from the holiday madness! Last Saturday, I headed to Feinstein's at Loews Regency to see Michael Feinstein and David Hyde Pierce in their "Holiday Show." What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday night in NYC! Both men are terrific performers in their own right, but what they managed to bring out in each other was simply spectacular! David Hyde Pierce, best known for his role as Niles on TV's "Frasier," (for which he received multiple Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards), as well as leading roles in Monty Python's Spamalot and Curtains (for which he won the 2007 Tony Award) on Broadway, is making his nightclub debut in this show, and it was truly an honor to have witnessed it!

His dry, deadpan humor that worked oh-so-well for him on "Frasier" translated terrifically to the intimate confines of Feinstein's - in fact, it translated so well that not only was the audience in stitches, the band was, too, as was his singing partner! His humor was showcased in songs such as Jerry Herman's "Penny in My Pocket" and "You Won't Succeed On Broadway (If You Don't Have Any Jews)" from Monty Python's Spamalot, which, after lamenting the lack of good Hanukkah songs, he proceeded to perform as such! He also showed a softer, more vulnerable side in "Your Face," a beautiful ballad with music and lyrics by John Kander. Michael Feinstein was phenomenal as well, bringing warmth and tenderness to his favorite Christmas song (which also happens to be one of my favorites!), "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas;" incredible passion and longing to "What Kind Of Fool Am I?" and just the right amount of bitterness and hurt to the Sadie Vimmerstadt/Johnny Mercer classic, "I Wanna Be Around."
Now, when I mentioned that what the two performers brought out in each other was spectacular, I truly meant it. Mr. Pierce's humor must have been infections, for he brought out a fun, playful side of Mr. Feinstein that I'd never seen before. And it worked the other way around, too - I think having Mr. Feinstein there as a support in his first nightclub show put Mr. Pierce at ease and allowed him to simply be himself and have fun!
It was truly a special show and a simply fantastic pairing of performers. I truly hope that these two gentleman collaborate on more shows in the future - I'd be there in a heartbeat! Kudos, too, must be given to the incredible band backing these two stellar performers: Musical Director John Oddo on piano, Mark Vinci on reeds, George Rabbai on trumpet and flugelhorn, Jim Saporito on drums, and Jay Leonhart on bass.

Monday evening found me at my usual Monday night hangout, Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland. As always, there was a whole slew of talent on hand to keep the evening moving along merrily, including Lea DeLaria, Nicolas King, Angela Bingham, Maureen Taylor, Susan Winter, and (of course!) Jim Caruso himself! Scott Siegel did a terrific job filling in as guest host for the first hour, and, as always, the Cast Party band (Tedd Firth on piano, Steve Doyle on bass, and Dustin Jensen on drums) was fab!

On Wednesday night, I was very excited to be at the CD Release listening party for Irish songstress Maxine Linehan's Petula Clark tribute CD, What Would Petula Do? I'd seen Maxine perform the tribute earlier this year, and loved it. She's got a terrific voice, a charming, engaging personality, and great arrangements, not to mention a fantastic band and backup vocalists. On Wednesday night, the invited audience had a chance to mill around the beautiful Tainted Blue recording studio (where the CD was recorded), sip champagne, and listen to the CD being played, and then we were all brought into the main studio, where Ms. Linehan treated us to a live performance of five of the songs on the CD, including the title track, which was written especially for this project by her musical director Gerald Stockstill, along with Ken Jones. It was a really fun evening, and the CD sounded great - can't wait to get in on my ipod!

Thursday night, it was off to The Metropolitan Room for Gretchen Reinhagen in Special Kaye: A Tribute to the Incomparable Kaye Ballard. Directed by cabaret veteran Barry Kleinbort (who, incidentally, has worked extensively with Kaye Ballard herself!), the show was entertaining, informative, touching, and funny - all rolled into one well-structured, well-paced hour!
Ms. Reinhagen did a great job of covering Ms. Ballard's nightclub material, Broadway material, and the all-important "special material," for which Ms. Ballard is particularly well known.
Also woven in were some interesting anecdotes about several songs which were written for or given to Ms. Ballard first ("If," "My Coloring Book," "Maybe This Time"), but for one reason or another ended up getting made famous by someone else! Ms. Reinhagen did a terrific job with everything, but she really seems to have found herself a special niche with the comedic numbers, such as "Teeny Tiny," "Name Dropping," and "Sara Lee." It takes a special kind of talent to pull songs like that off, and she does it as well or better than anyone I've seen!

Friday night, it was back to The Metropolitan Room for MetroJam, which is the monthly open mic I have the honor of hosting. Despite the freezing temperatures in Manhattan, the room was full of incredibly talented folks, including the tremendously talented Tony DeSare, who was battling a cold but came through like gangbusters as our special guest for the night, performing an incredible piano version of "Autumn Leaves," a brand new Christmas song he'd just written last weekend, and "This Christmas," for which he brought up his friend, singer Adam James, to duet on. Adam then stayed up onstage and did a beautiful "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," accompanied by Mr. DeSare! Other talented folks who got up to the mic last night included Carol McCann, Mary Foster Conklin, David Goldman , David Nathan Scott, and Sarah Rice, among others. It was a great evening, and, as always, the MetroJam Band (John DiPinto on piano, Ritt Henn on bass and Bobby Sher on drums) did a truly outstanding job!


TOMORROW NIGHT...Dec 16

8pm

IGUANA VIP LOUNGE, 240 West 54th Street, NYC
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA
Christine Talbott Sutin on keyboard.
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'Bat Masterson' actor Barry dead

By BECKY KRYSTAL
Gene Barry, a debonair leading man who was best known as the sharply dressed lawmen of the television series "Bat Masterson" and "Burke's Law," and then earned a Tony Award nomination as a gay nightclub owner raising a son in "La Cage aux Folles," died Dec. 9 at an assisted living home in Woodland Hills, Calif.
He was 90.

His family said they did not yet know the cause of death.

After an early stage career that included acting opposite Mae West in a Broadway comedy, Barry went to Hollywood and starred in a series of films that included the 1953 alien-invasion movie "The War of the Worlds."
But it was on television that he thrived over the next 20 years, usually specializing in affable and urbane characters.
At first weary of what he thought was the tiresome Western genre, Barry embraced the role of Masterson, based on a real-life figure from the Old West, because of its biggest twist:
The character dressed as a dandy, sporting a brocade vest and carrying a gold- tipped cane. The show ran until 1961.
Barry's affinity for playing the dapper hero extended to two other TV shows -- "Burke's Law," in which he played a millionaire police official in Los Angeles who would be chauffeured to homicide scenes in a Rolls Royce, and "The Name of the Game," in which he portrayed a millionaire magazine publisher.
"Burke's Law" was producer Aaron Spelling's first hit, with the title character's opulent lifestyle a hint at what would come in Spelling's later series. "Burke's Law," later renamed "Amos Burke, Secret Agent," aired on ABC from 1963 to 1966 and resurfaced as a short-lived revival on CBS in 1994 with Barry.

A longtime cabaret and touring stage performer, Barry played President Richard M. Nixon in a 1982 Atlanta production of "Watergate: A Musical."



The next year he originated the Broadway role of Georges in "La Cage aux Folles," a Jerry Herman musical based on a French stage play. The show won the Tony Award for best musical.

Born Eugene Klass on June 14, 1919, in New York, Barry changed his surname as a nod to eminent stage actor John Barrymore. He made his Broadway debut in 1942 and appeared in musicals and operettas before being cast as a leading man opposite West in "Catherine Was Great" (1944).

During this period Barry met his wife of 58 years, Betty Kalb, with whom he had three children: Michael, Frederick James and Elizabeth. She died in 2003.


Thomas Hoving, a former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has died at his home in New York City.

Nancy Hoving says her husband died Thursday of cancer. He was 78.

Hoving was director of the museum from 1967 to 1977 and was known for championing blockbuster exhibits, including the Tutankhamen exhibit.
Artifacts from King Tut's tomb were the most popular exhibit in the museum's history, drawing 8 million visitors.
He left the Met in 1977 to start an independent consulting firm for museums, Hoving Associates. From 1978 to 1984 he was an arts correspondent for the ABC newsmagazine 20/20.


From 1981 to 1991 Hoving edited Connoisseur Magazine; along with his memoirs of his time at the Met, he is also the author of books on a number of art-related subjects, including art forgeries, Grant Wood, Andrew Wyeth, Tutankhamen, and the 12th-century walrus ivory crucifix known as the Bury St. Edmunds Cross.


Originally published by BECKY KRYSTAL The Washington Post.

(c) 2009 Tulsa World. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.


An announcement about Ken Davenport's next project!

Posted: 11 Dec 2009 08:00 AM PST


Last Friday, Broadway producer Ken Davenport announced the end of a five year run of one of his shows.

As written about in last week's Variety, He is prepping to mount the first ever Broadway revival of Godspell.

G'Spell is one of the most beloved musicals on the planet, by one of the most "popular" musical theater composers on the planet, and is the type of unique theatrical experience that audiences crave, and then talk about.





Keep your eye on his blog for future Godspell updates. (THE PRODUCER'S PERSPECTIVE, KEN DAVENPORT)





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Whoopi Goldberg attended a performance of Ragtime on December 1, then greeted the cast backstage at the Neil Simon Theatre. Jana Robbins, producer, on the far right.
Photographer: Bruce Glikas
© Broadway.com




Christmas With the Stars - Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson Top the List of Performers Reviving Classic Holiday Specials
By ROBERT RORKE
CHRISTMAS isn't what it used to be. In olden days, suave crooners like Andy Williams, Dean Martin and Judy Garland would take time out from their busy schedules to invite the TV audience into their "homes" for Christmas on heavily stylized, classic variety shows. On "The Judy Garland Show," the late singer invited viewers into her "home" - a living room set where Garland's children, Liza Minnelli, Lorna and Joey Luft, decorated the tree and had "visitors": Garland's singing pals Jack Jones and Mel Torme. Andy Williams would invite his singing clan, The Williams Brothers, and The Osmond Brothers to sing on the Christmas specials that appeared in his 1960s heyday.

In the age of "American Idol," Christmas looks and sounds different.
The show's most successful winner, Carrie Underwood, gets her very first holiday special, on Monday night. The reigning queen of country music has as her guests icon Dolly Parton, fellow "Idol" winner David Cook and singer Brad Paisley. You don't want to miss the costumes - Christina Applegate and Kristin Chenoweth put on pink chiffon dresses and sing backup for Underwood on a medley of retro hits. "It's a lot easier to do stuff like that when you have two people around you that actually know what they're d o i n g , " Underwood says in a conference call. "We ended up doing a medley of sorts of throwback songs, like the '50s, '60s vibe, with matching pink dresses and beehives. Three blondes, we had fun together." She also sings her new song "Cowboy Casanova," and a duet with Parton on the latter's most successful song, "I Will Always Love You," and cuts up on stage with the good-natured singer, donning an enormous Dolly-style wig and a gold lame jumpsuit. "I was so excited to be able to get to talk to her and obviously get to sing with her," Underwood says. "It felt like such a special moment for me in the show to be able to perform with her.: Of her gold lame moment, Underwood says, "When Dolly's there, you just step out of the spotlight, let her do her thing because no matter how hard you try, she's going to steal the spotlight. It's great. It's the way it should be." CARRIE UNDERWOOD: AN ALL-STAR HOLIDAY SPECIAL Monday, 8 p.m., Fox * JENNIFER HUDSON A week after Underwood's country-flavored special, "American Idol" runner-up and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson offers her own Christmas extravaganza. Say goodbye to Underwood's earnest twang and get ready for a display of vocal firepower that brought Hudson a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "Dreamgirls." Hudson's all over the place here.
She rides a boat on the Chicago river for one tune and belts out songs with a band and does some duets with modern-day Bobby Darin-style crooner Michael Buble.
They will sing "Let It Snow" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Hudson's special is set in her hometown of Chicago, where she grew up.
Wearing snug dominatrix pleather, she shared memories of the music, people and places that influenced her. JENNIFER HUDSON: I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS aired December 14, 8 p.m., ABC * MICHAEL MCDONALD AND FAITH HILL PBS' "Soundstage" broadcasts year-round concerts that cater to almost every taste. This month, show favorite Michael McDonald blends some of his signature hits like "I Keep Forgettin'" into a holiday set that also features the singer lending his husky tenor to such classics as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "White Christmas" and Stevie Wonder's "What Christmas Means to Me." Working with Grammy-winning arranger David Campbell, Faith Hill sings selections from her new holiday record, "Joy to the World" which features reworked classics along with the only original song on the track and her single, "A Baby Changes Everything." Hill does "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," and "Winter Wonderland" with a big band, but saves "Little Drummer Boy" for a capella treatment. FAITH HILL: JOY TO THE WORLD December 24, 11:30 p.m., PBS MICHAEL MCDONALD - THIS CHRISTMAS December 25, 10 p.m., PBS

Originally published by ROBERT RORKE.

(c) 2009 The New York Post. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

What they're saying about "Special Kaye"...

"Reinhagen opens with "I'm Here," a specially good piece of special material Kleinbort wrote for Ballard, and right off the bat we know we're in good hands. Most people associate Ballard with comedy, and humor is very well represented here. Among the laugh-out-loud selections are Kleinbort's so-true "When," Dale Gonyea's now near-classic "Name Dropping" (you know, the one with lines like "Is Helen Reddy now?"), and Kander & Ebb's "Sara Lee." One factor that makes this last number work so well is Reinhagen's delivery. As I've often said, "It's not sufficient to do a funny song; you have to be funny." Reinhagen is funny."
- Roy Sander, Bistro Awards

"...this is definitely a MUST SEE, 5-STAR, show of the year, performance. Evoking the musical comedy chops of Carol Burnett, with special material created especially for Ms. Ballard as well as other songs she was known for, this show is an hour of revelation, fantastic vocals and darn-good entertainment!"
- Stu Hamstra, Cabaret Hotline Online

"Reinhagen has the kind of strong, confident presentation that fits this tribute to the ever-hilarious Kaye Ballard"
- David Finkle, Village Voice ("Voice Choice")

"Gretchen Reinhagen's tribute to Kaye Ballard is the kind of gift you remember after you've opened all the presents around the Christmas tree."
- Bruce Fessier, The Desert Sun

"...here is a performer who knows how to deliver a lyric and a poignant onstage moment..."
- Jack Lyons, Palm Springs Guides


Click here to read Roy Sander's full review: http://www.bistroawards.com/index.php/reviews/93-gretchen-reinhagen


GAY MEN'S CHORUS
OF LOS ANGELES
Proudly Presents
NUTCRACKER


www.gmcla.org

WHAT: GMCLA continues its highly anticipated 31st season with a magical rendition of the enchanting splendor of NUTCRACKER, in a new staging of Tchaikovsky's magnificent music with spectacular dance, and familiar holiday songs that include Deck The Hall, Home for Christmas, We Need a Little Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and many more. Choreographed by Billy Rugh of Creative Planet Schools for the Arts, he has masterfully met the difficult challenge of re-inventing a classic Holiday tale that includes Ballet, Jazz and modern movement.

Nutcracker is based on the story "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice" written by E.T.A. Hoffman. GMCLA offers a traditional performance of the time-honored classic but with a new twist: when Clarence Stahlbaum receives a ballerina as a gift, he's privately delighted.
But after his bullying brother shatters the gift, all seems lost. But it's not; it's just beginning.

WHEN: Saturday, December 19th, 2009 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, December 20th at 3:00pm
WHERE: Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
TICKETS: $25.00 - $49; by calling 818-243-ALEX (2539) or www.gmcla.org


EDITORS: For over thirty years, GMCLA has been making music to end homophobia. Using professional staging and venues (this year including The Broad Stage, Avalon Hollywood and The Alex Theatre), GMCLA's 200 singers create wonderful music and great entertainment in shows for all the family.

This year, GMCLA launches a high school music education program, the Alive Music Project -AMP- which has already received rave reviews from teachers, students and researchers. AMP provides students with a well-rounded mixture of music which educates and provokes discussions about social issues.

BHBPR * 2635 Page Dr, Altadena, CA 91001 * 626-296-3757 * h.boll@dcpublicity.com
On January 19th, the touring show of "Ballroom with a Twist" will open at at the DuPont Theatre featuring talent from the hit series "Dancing With The Stars" Dmitry Chaplin, Chelsie Hightower, as well as the husband and wife team of Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya.




Barbara Eden will be the host, with choreography by Dancing With the Stars pro, Louis van Amstel (who partnered with celebrities Lisa Rinna, Priscilla Presley, Monique Coleman and Kelly Osborne on the show) and American Idol alumni David Hernandez and Trenyce will provide exciting vocal accompaniment and interludes.

Attached is the release for this production. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the show or the talent.

Deepest regards,
Harlan (Boll)

Vox Femina Gets Their Yule On!

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus ... and a sugar plum fairy, not to mention five gold rings, seven swimming swans and a partridge in a pear tree too! And audiences experienced them all at Vox Femina's "Holiday Voices" concert at the First Congregational Church in Pasadena on December 12th, where the Los Angeles based, but internationally known, Vox Femina offered patrons their first holiday concert in 11 years to a sold out crowd.

Not the typical holiday fare, the concert presented the unique Vox perspective on the season of love, renewal, and peace. The concert featured popular carols and lullabies (both in English and Spanish) as well as taking the audience on a journey along the road to Bethlehem and the simple stable that witnessed an event that changed the world.

The repertoire included music of Benjamin Britten, Conrad Susa, Z. Randall Stroope, Roger Bourland, Paul Carey and Mack Wilberg. The evening also included various sets dedicated to “Voices of Tradition,” “Voices of Peace and Hope,” “Voices of Vox,” and concluding with “Sugar and Spice.” The engagement included an exciting routine by dancers Billy Rugh and Michelle Benton as a Toy Soldier and Ballerina preforming the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from “The Nutcracker,” in addition to a very special appearance by Ole Saint Nick himself who was treated to a saucy rendition of “Santa Baby” in true Vox Femina style ... There was no response from Mrs. Claus.

Vox Femina Los Angeles is a women's choral ensemble dedicated to the performance of quality choral literature with an emphasis on music by women composers. Choral singing is one of the oldest performance arts in existence, but Vox is excited to perform new works and accept new challenges for themselves and for the audience. Vox Femina Los Angeles is under direction of Dr. Iris S. Levine who is Chair of the Cal-poly Music Department, the Artistic Director for the Stephen S. Wise Master Chorus and the ACDA Western Division Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women's Choirs.
She founded Vox in 1997 and in the past 12 years, Vox has established itself as one of the preeminent women's choruses in the United States with a demonstrated ability to perform highly eclectic repertoire, some of which can be heard on several recordings. It has actively fulfilled its goals through an exciting schedule of performances, touring and educational outreach. Vox Femina Los Angeles is funded through grants and private donations.

"Holiday Voices" was supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the LA County Arts Commission. "Vox Femina Los Angeles and I shared a tremendous pride in presenting this concert.” says Dr. Levine. “It will surely be remembered by all who attended as a performance full of joy and peace, as well as sugar and spice. We intended to comfort the audience, make them laugh and offer a twist on the traditions of the season and I think we succeeded."

For more information about Vox Femina please visit www.voxfeminala.org


Support THE ARTS! LIVE THEATRE! Go see a show this week! Send me your reviews and suggestions and I will put them in my next blog coming out next Tuesday! Here's to an ARTS-filled week! Don't forget to contribute to the DR. CAROL CHANNING & HARRY KULLIJIAN FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS: http://www.carolchanning.org/Foundation.htm

With grateful XOXOXs for your support!

Richard Skipper

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HERE IS WHAT AUDIENCES ARE SAYING ABOUT MY WORK:
Dear Richard,
It was a fun evening and I am so honored that you and Dana invited me to be a part of it. She's a terrific lady and you work beautifully together. I was so impressed by you not only as a performer but as a host - you really got the crowd going!! I was also very happy to share the stage with several talented artists. I so enjoyed singing at The Iguana. It's a very good room. I hope to come back sometime in the New Year, if you'll have me.
In the meatime, you, Dan, and Dana have Happy Holidays.
See you soon.
Richard Holbrook




Hi Richard my favorite thing about the night was all of the talent I love hearing all those great songs that I heard growing up. Everyone had such grace and talent it was a pleasure just being around all of them and you. I also loved the relationship that you and Dana have, I thought it was magical. You are all so very talented and Samantha is so appreciative as am I that she was able to be a part of it.
Take care
Beth Hoffman



Thanks again for another great night at the Iguana! You are so much fun to be with-- your energy always makes me happy to be with you and come and sing! The acts were also equally amazing. That little girl and Sarah Palin were huge hits. I got a lot of great feedback for my piece as well-- which always is a thrill. Your early mornings at 9:00 seem to be paying off. Enjoy the View!
Allegra Pigott



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Dec 23
8pm
IGUANA VIP LOUNGE, 240 West 54th Street, NYC
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA
OUR CHRISTMAS SHOW - Barry Levitt on keyboard & Saadi Zain on bass.
Tonight's guests include: Frank Basile, Esther Beckman(joined by Marcus Simione), Eileen Fulton (AS THE WORLD TURNS), Sunny Leigh, George Stella, Jill Melanie Wirth ...
...and a few other surprises as well! Remember $10.00 Cover/No food or drink minimum!
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December 30th: Ritt Henn, Annie Hughes, Yvette Malavet-Blum, Cindy Marchionda, David Nathan Scott


January 13th: Barbara Gurskey returns!

January 20th: D'Yan Forrest, Greta Heron, Scot Wisniewski

Feb 3 : Michael Austin, Lucia Mozzola, Jane Schecter, George Stella, Jane Stuart

February 17th : James Alexander

March 24th, Julie Reyburn returns!


April 28th: Kecia Craig and Frank Stern!
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